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BioMed Research International
Volume 2017, Article ID 3507124, 10 pages
Research Article

Real World Evidence: A Quantitative and Qualitative Glance at Participant Feedback from a Free-Response Survey Investigating Experiences of a Structured Exercise Intervention for Men with Prostate Cancer

1Cancer Epidemiology Group, Division of Cancer Studies, King’s College London, London, UK
2Physiotherapy, Guy’s Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
3Medical Oncology, Guy’s Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
4Royal Marsden, London, UK

Correspondence should be addressed to L. Fox;

Received 27 January 2017; Revised 2 May 2017; Accepted 31 May 2017; Published 3 July 2017

Academic Editor: James Steele

Copyright © 2017 L. Fox et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Aim. To explore patient experiences of a structured exercise intervention for men with prostate cancer (PCa). Sample. 41 men with either localised or advanced PCa who had been referred for a structured exercise programme by their physician and then subsequently consented to a telephone survey. Method. Participants underwent a 10-week supervised exercise programme within a large cancer centre hospital consisting of 8 sessions. They then completed a short multiple choice telephone survey, elaborating on their responses where appropriate. Views expressed by participants were analysed using an affinity diagram and common themes were identified. Results. Feedback from our telephone surveys was consistently positive and suggests that the structured exercise intervention provides exercise confidence, motivation to exercise, and social support and promotes positive health behaviour change in the context of exercise. Individual differences arose amongst participants in their perceived utility of the intervention, with 73.3% expressing a preference for structured exercise classes and 19.5% expressing a preference for exercising independently. Conclusion. Design of a structured exercise intervention for patients with PCa should embrace the positive aspects outlined here but consider patients’ individual differences. Ongoing feedback from patients should be utilised alongside traditional study designs to inform intervention design in this area.